Student Affairs

Assistant Comptroller, Foundation / Alumni

Bridgewater State University

Bridgewater, MA United States

Department Summary

From Bridgewater State University’s inception in 1840 by Horace Mann as one of the first normal schools in America to the current day, BSU has worked to ensure that our students receive an accessible, affordable, and exceptional education.  BSU aspires to be the leader in our mission class for closing equity gaps for Black/Cape Verdean, Latinx, Native American, Asian, and other students of color.  BSU’s institutional values, the work of the President’s Special Task Force on Racial Justice, and leadership of the Leading for Change Higher Education Diversity Consortium  underscore the campus’ commitment to racial equity and other forms of social justice.

Bridgewater State University’s Department of Fiscal Affairs provides stakeholders and the campus community with timely, relevant and accurate financial reporting in accordance with federal, state and other laws and regulations. The Fiscal Affairs Department oversees the areas of general accounting, treasury, grant reporting and fiscal functions of the University and the University’s component units, Bridgewater State University Foundation and Bridgewater State University Alumni Association.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community.


Position Summary

Under the direction of the Comptroller, the Assistant Comptroller Foundation/Alumni is responsible for providing daily, functional support to ensure that the University's Component unit's official accounting records are properly maintained in accordance with external laws and reporting requirements, internal policies, and generally accepted accounting principles. Primary responsibilities include ensuring accurate and timely donor reporting, board reporting and financial statement reporting; training, developing and coordinating the work efforts of assigned accounting staff; implementing and maintaining accounting policies and procedures, ensuring the accuracy of University component unit financial records and the production of various financial statements and reports.

The Assistant Comptroller assists the Comptroller with the financial reporting needs which respond to the strategic needs of the University and Component Units and revisions to accounting standards, as well as preparing and responding to University and component unit audit and board requests. The Assistant Comptroller also provides direct support to the Comptroller as well as to the Division of Finance and serves as a liaison to the Advancement Department.

Supervision Received: The Assistant Comptroller Foundation/Alumni works under the direct supervision of the Comptroller of Fiscal Affairs.

Supervision Exercised: Exercises supervision of various professional, non-professional and student personnel in Fiscal Affairs. Serves as first line supervisor for the personnel of the Fiscal Affairs Office.

Position Type: Professional Non-Unit

Essential Duties

Members of underrepresented groups, minorities, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and all persons committed to diversity and inclusive excellence are strongly encouraged to apply.

  1. Oversees the daily operations of accounting and financial reporting for the University component units; performs daily and monthly accounting and financial reporting tasks for the University component units; assists the Comptroller in the oversight of all financial reporting to ensure the integrity of financial data and stewardship of donor-restricted funds.
  2. Assists in the assessment of internal controls for the component units to include the development and maintenance of updates to the fiscal policy and procedures manuals.
  3. This position will prepare schedules for monthly reconciliations of investment accounts, quarterly financial statements, analytics and board materials, review pledge agreements and record and monitor pledge activity.
  4. Analyze new gift types and complex transactions to determine appropriate classification, restrictions, and use of funds.
  5. Prepare online journal entries ensuring compliance with donor or other restrictions and accurate and complete accounting information.
  6. Prepare Component Unit’s Operating and Endowment budgets for review with Chief Development Office, Chief Financial Officer and Associate Vice President of Finance.
  7. Construct the annual donor endowment statements to help inform donors of the impact of their philanthropic investments, provide transparency, fiscal accountability and overall donor stewardship.
  8. Assists with cash management, cash flow and investment activities of the University and component units.
  9. Manages computerized general ledger, chart of accounts, accounting records and reconciliations for both the University and component units.
  10. Assists the Comptroller with the preparation and execution of the annual independent financial statement audit for the University, Foundation and Alumni Association. Assists with annual tax reporting. Assists the Comptroller with any and all other audits or reviews that are required.
  11. Perform other related duties and special projects as assigned.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Management or other closely related fields
  • Three (3) – Five (5) years of professional work experience
  • Knowledge/practice of FASB standards
  • Demonstrated abilities in fiscal control and proven supervisory and leadership skills
  • Experience with computerized accounting systems and Microsoft Excel spreadsheets
  • Ability to effectively resolve sensitive fiscal issues and maintain confidentiality and data security at all times
  • Strong time management and planning skills required to coordinate and prioritize multiple projects simultaneously while adapting to changes in business requirements in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent research and documentation skills
  • Strong attention to detail, analytical capability and professional judgment are required.
  • Ability to effectively collaborative across divisional lines

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of Massachusetts laws, regulations, accounting policies and procedures preferred
  • Certified public accountant, certified fraud examiner, or experience in public accounting
  • Experience in Higher Education preferred
  • Non-profit experience
  • Knowledge of Blackbaud Raisers Edge/Financial Edge Accounting software preferred
  • Knowledge of Ellucian Banner preferred

Additional Information:

Salary Range: $75,000- $85,000

Posting Number: S00701P

Open Date: 01/11/2022

Close Date: 2/20/2022

Open Until Filled: No


Work Environment:

Bridgewater State University complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified applicants and employee with disabilities.  To request a reasonable accommodation for the application process, please complete and submit this electronic form:

Office activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding and interaction with computer equipment; Occasional bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 5 pounds.


Special Conditions for Eligibility:

Please be aware that employment at Bridgewater State University is contingent upon completion of a successful background check.


COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement This position must comply with the University Covid-19 Attestation requirement. All employees must be fully vaccinated and complete the Covid-19 Attestation upon hire. Medical or Religious ExemptionsAn employee may request an exemption to the vaccination requirement based on the existence of medical contraindication to vaccination. In addition, an employee may request an exemption to the vaccination requirement based on a sincere religious belief. In both cases, an employee will be required to submit documentation to support the request for an exemption. Employees who secure an exemption may be required to take additional precautions in the workplace and will be required to participate in weekly COVID-19 testing through the university’s Wellness Center.


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  • Start Date: No Start Date
  • Education: Bachelor's Degree Required
  • Work Experience: 3 - 5 years
  • Part/Full Time: Full-Time

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Special Instructions to Applicants:  Please note the following information is required to complete your application for this position: *a minimum of one (1) employment history entry. *a minimum of three (3) professional reference entries.

Bridgewater State University (BSU) is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer which actively seeks to increase the diversity of its workforce. We are dedicated to providing educational, working and living environments that value the diverse backgrounds of all people.